Students at Siena Heights University learn in the classroom and throughout their co-curricular experience. Student Affairs actively develops and supports student leaders in their identity, citizenship, leadership, intellect, and creativity. With our University mission in mind, we focus on creating a community of belonging for all students as we become more competent, purposeful, and ethical in a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all. Through the resources and opportunities, Student Affairs fosters students’ growth in mind, body, and spirit to develop students’ potential and embrace their purposeHere are the offices in Student Affairs that partner with students to make that mission a reality:

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Residence Life

Director: Samantha Thacker
Phone: 517-264-7172
Office: Ledwidge Hall, first floor

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Student Engagement

Director: Liz Artz
Phone: 517-264-7607
Office: McLaughlin University Center, second floor

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Diversity & Inclusion

Interim Director: Tichina Jones
Phone: 517-264-7604
Office: McLaughlin University Center, second floor

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Vice President for
Student Affairs

Michael Orlando
Phone: 517-264-7601
Office: Ledwidge Hall, first floor


Campus Ministry,
Mission and Heritage

Director: Sister Mary Jones, OP
Phone: 517-264-7105
Office: McLaughlin University
Center, second floor

Campus Minister:
Thomas Puszczewicz
Phone: 517-264-7105
Cell: 517-918-3661
Office: Campus Ministry Lounge,
Archangelus Hall, first floor

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Counseling Center

Director: Sandy Morley
Phone: 517-264-7193
Office: Ledwidge Hall, room 197

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Student Health

Director: Campus Nurse–
Sister Emmy Choge
Phone: 517-264-7190
Health Center: Ledwidge Hall,
room 180

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Director: Sue Syljebeck
Phone: 517-264-7871
Office: Fieldhouse

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Director: Julia Cassell
Phone: 517-264-7683
Office: Ledwidge Hall, first floor

Students eating in the dining hall.

Dining Services

Director: David Gallinat
Phone: 517-264-7167
Office: University Center, first floor

Student Code of Conduct

Siena Heights University is dedicated to academic excellence and personal development. We encourage and promote the uniqueness of each person. However, we also recognize the interdependence of all members of the Siena Heights community.

For the University to accomplish its goals, it is most important that we maintain an environment in which all members of the community, at this Michigan small college, have the opportunity to develop spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. To meet this obligation, the University seeks to provide an environment conducive to academic endeavors, social growth, and individual self-discipline for each student. To ensure that this environment is maintained, a conduct system has been established. This system is viewed by the University as the part of the educational experience, which occurs when a student’s conduct interferes with the University’s responsibility for insuring that all members of the University can attain their personal and professional goals.

The primary goal of the conduct system is to determine responsibility, and if applicable, facilitate change. Growth occurs when the individual who made a mistake realizes this mistake and accepts responsibility for his/her actions. Members of the University must be concerned with protecting their own dignity and respecting that of all individuals within our community.

All persons taking courses at Siena Heights University, both full time and part time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, distance learning or non-degree programs on any campus are held accountable by the Code of Student Conduct